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How Do We Treat Cavities?

Published on July 31, 2014 by

The first step is to remove the active decay, then the tooth is filled with resin (although a lot of dentists still use silver amalgam, which can cause serious health consequences). ¬†Here at Drs. Rohrer, we do NOT use amalgam fillings because of our focus on Whole Body Dentistry – it is important to note that amalgam often contains mercury which has been linked to an array of negative side effects and diseases.¬† Today’s technology offers wonderful materials which are an healthier alternative to amalgan, and can match the color of your teeth.

Tooth DecayFor more severe tooth decay, crowns, onlays or inlays can be recommended depending how much of the decay has reached into the dentin. In case you need a crown, an onlay, or an inlay, it will be a two visit process, as a laboratory will need to make the restoration that will be installed during the second visit.

In the case of more advanced decay, if the nerve is reached, a root canal might be recommended (as long as the tooth can be saved). After the root canal is finished we can prepare the tooth and make an impression for a permanent crown/restoration to be made by the dental lab.

In extreme cases, if the decay is too advanced, the tooth will have to be removed.

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